While I had the temporary design wall up, I decided to throw the snow crystal blocks up and see how they looked. This is a very preliminary arrangement as there’s some definite moving around that needs to be done. I’m contemplating adding a 1″ sashing around the blocks and have an idea for a border that would involve half stars although no final decision is made on that yet. If I use the 1″ sashing, I think I’ll use 1″ pink or perhaps green squares at the corners.
I was working on a Stormy Seas block on Tuesday night and realized I was constantly struggling with the thread as it was tangling frequently. I usually use either Mettler 60/2 or DMC thread when piecing but for this block needed a blue that I had only in Aurifil. The difference between those threads is quite striking. Do you have a favourite thread for piecing? If so, why is it your favourite?
All that’s left now before I can start quilting the Ferris Wheel quilt is choosing the fabric I use for backing. As the machine quilting is going to involve a bit of fabric wrestling, I want to use a silk batt. I had a package of it but was a bit concerned as the package said it was 45 x 60, the exact size of my quilt, and I thought I might not have enough. Thankfully, it is an extremely generous 45 x 60 and is the perfect size for the quilt. The silk batt makes it so easy to manipulate the quilt sandwich and requires a lot less strength in the hands. For me, that is an enormous bonus!
Smudge had been curled up having a snooze on the couch when Lester decided to wander over and join him. By the look on Smudge’s face, I’m not sure he was thrilled about having company.